Ross’ Story

Ross, a former student at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, is a motivated and engaging young man who has Asperger syndrome. “I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy,” says Ross. “On the other hand, sometimes I am unaware of other people’s feelings. I can be impulsive, and I do get overwhelmed. ”

Ross had difficulty adapting at his previous public school due to these challenges. However, Westbrook’s residential school setting gave Ross the opportunity to work on his social skills and develop strategies to help him avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One key element of life at Westbrook is the internship program. While students find comfort and build confidence living and learning with other teens who have similar challenges, they know that they need to prepare themselves to communicate and work well with all kinds of people. Ross’s first internship was at Sports Authority, and he held another at St. Brigid’s Elementary School Camp where he found talking with children about sports very rewarding.

His interest in sports led Ross to his next internship at WCWP 88.1 FM, the college radio station at CW Post. He ran the audio control sound board at sporting events, made guest appearances on a college sports talk show and researched sports information for use on air. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study communications in college.

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Non-Medicaid Care Management

The primary goal of Non-Medicaid Care Management is to provide person-centered, youth and family driven care to individuals 5-21 diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance who do not qualify for Medicaid. Services include comprehensive care management, care coordination and health promotion, comprehensive transitional care, individual and family support, referral to community and social support services and use of health information technology to link services.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Youth with SED with low to high acuity needs and their families

Age Criteria

5-21 years of age

How to Access this Program or Service

Referrals are received through the Children’s Single Point of Access (C-SPOA)

Success Stories

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

“I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy” Learn More

Tatiania

Bronx Arena High School

"When somebody comes to you and they just really want to learn it's like you know what? I know it. I'm going to teach you." Learn More

340

young adults served by SCO are in college this academic year

We shelter

5,500

youth, adults and children